CONWAY — The U.S. Alpine Ski Team announced its nominations for the 2016-17 season on Tuesday, and North Conway's Leanne Smith was again named to the women's A team.
Nominations include those active athletes who qualified based on published selection criteria in the prior season.
According to the U.S. Ski Team website, "each athlete accepting the nomination to U.S. Alpine Ski Team receives a high level of world-class program support, along with access to the USSA Center of Excellence, as well as athletic benefits including an elite coaching, sport science, sports medicine and high performance staff and education opportunities."
The U.S. Ski Team nominates an A, B, C and D team for the women and men, along with a university team each summer. An official team announcement will be made in the fall.
Leanne Smith, 29, has been on the U.S. Ski Team for nine years. The three-sport standout at Kennett High School, raced for the hometown Eagles as well as the Mt. Washington Valley Ski Team and the University of New Hampshire before making the team.
"Again plagued with (a knee) injury in 2016, Smith was out much of the season but is spending the summer in Park City working hard in the Center of Excellence gym and well on her way to recovery and being stronger than ever," the U.S. Ski Team website states. "Talk about fighter. This athlete is the definition of the word. When Smith is healthy and confident enough to put it all on the line, she’s a contender for the podium in every race she starts. Look out for her in 2017, when her Live Free or Die Granite State mentality will be back in the start gate."
Smith has represented the United States at the last two Winter Olympics on the 2010 and 2014 teams. She was 18th in the Super G in Sochi, Russia in 2014, and was 18th in the same event in 2010 in Vancouver, Canada, where she was also 21st in the super combined (combines one run each of slalom and downhill).
The U.S. downhill champion in 2010, Smith landed on the podium in two World Cup races in 2013. She was 13th overall in the downhill at the world championships in Austria in 2013.
Joining Smith on the A Team women's roster are Stacey Cook, 32, of Mammoth Mountain, Calif.; Julia Mancuso, 32, of Squaw Valley, Calif.; Alice McKennis, 26, of Glenwood Springs, Colo.; Laurenne Ross, 28 of Bend, Ore.; Mikaela Shiffrin, 21, of Eagle-Vail, Colo.; Resi Stiegler, 30, of Jackson, Wyo.; and Lindsey Vonn, 31, of Vail, Colo.
Franconia's Bode Miller, 38, was again named to the men's A team along with David Chodounsky, 32, of Crested Butte, Colo.; Travis Ganong, 28, of Squaw Valley, Calif.; Tim Jitloff, 31, of Reno, Nev.; Ted Ligety, 31, of Park City, Utah; Steven Nyman, 34, of Sundance, Utah; and Andrew Weibrecht, 30, of Lake Placid, N.Y.
To be eligible for nomination to the A Team, athletes must have at least one top 25 World Cup placing in either downhill, slalom, GS or Super G.
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